The St. Ansgar golf team has been preparing for their upcoming season with their first meet scheduled to take place at the Elma Country Club on Tuesday, April 3. But with this weather we have been having, it’s hard to say whether that meet will actually happen.
St. Ansgar has some pretty good numbers this year for the boys and girls teams. There are a total of eight boys and twelve girls on the roster this season. For the boys, Dylan Low (Sr), Garrett Koster, Collin Kramer, Ryan Howe (Sr) and Nicholas Bork (Sr) are returning letter winners from a season ago. Other members of the boys team include Dylan Bissen (Sr), Derek Peterson and Brody Patterson.
The boys should have a pretty good season. They are coming off a season in which they finished as the runner up in both the conference and sectional tournaments and are looking to build off of that this year.
“With a core group of boys returning we expect to be competitive in the conference and compete for the district title,” said Head Golf Coach Shannon Belz.
On the girls side, returning letter winners from last season are Morgan Hemann, Hannah Groth, Mackenna Pannhoff and Megan Adams. Other members of the team are Jadyn Anderson, Taylor Vervaecke, Montanah Scott, Olivia Mayer, Kirsten Boerjan, Grace Jahr, Brooklyn Hackbart and Jaci Amoloja.
“I can see some of these girls moving up and contributing at the varsity level,” said coach Belz. “Some of the freshmen and Jadyn are on the track team too, so we will have some scheduling conflicts to deal with. Until we get out on the course and get some rounds in, it’s tough to know where the girls are at.”
Even though there are no senior girls on this year’s roster, coach Belz thinks this group is going to do just fine this season.
“I see the experience of our returning group of girls as a strength and look for them to improve over the last year,” said Belz. “Last year we were 6-9 in the regular season. We placed 9th in the Top of Iowa- East Conference. We were 7th in the regional meet.”
It’s been difficult for the golf team to get in a complete practice up to this point. Right when the weather started to look like it was changing for the good, a weekend snowfall trumped any plans to get out on the golf course for the team.
“Our practices have been limited to the library for putting and rules discussions,” said Belz. “We have been able to hit shags a few times but I see going into our first without even being out on a course.”